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Andrew’s Top Ten Films, Favorite Performances, And Other Bests of 2013

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Although in the past couple of years it’s taken me a few more weeks to see every film I’ve needed to from the year prior, 2013 was such an excellent year that I simply couldn’t wait for every film to come to me. And so I made my annual journeys up to Boston to see many of the films I was anticipating, even with the knowledge that they would be released where I live just a week or two later. What can I say? I’m an addict, and with my addiction comes the yearly, painstaking process of chopping my favorite films list down to ten. Doing so after a year that was particularly strong like 2013, especially in terms of independent film, has honestly never been more difficult. For 2013, a top twenty may have been more reflective, but I have to fit in and thus, only ten will do.

In addition to compiling my top ten, I’ve also singled out my favorite performances of the year, while also calling attention to those directors, writers, cinematographers and editors who I personally feel did the best work of the year. I’ve also decided to single out those movie scenes and shots that left an indelible mark on me when I left the theater. Also, while nine of the films in my top ten will not be ranked in any particular order, I will single out my favorite film of the year.

With 2014 now upon us and many new big-screen experiences to look forward to in the coming months, it’s always important to reflect on the year that has just past. Here’s hoping the year in film that was 2013 will stand the test of time as a great example of the eclectic tastes of the various members of both the Hollywood and independent film communities. Away we go.

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IFF Boston 2013: Prince Avalanche Review

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U.S. Release Date: August 9th, 2013

An interesting case-study could be made of writer-director David Gordon Green’s filmmaking career thus far. He began with small critically-acclaimed indies like George Washington and All the Real Girls, but come 2008 he veered off into unexpected territory by becoming a member of the Judd Apatow-clan and directing the stoner comedy Pineapple Express. Since then he’s had less success with his follow-up mainstream comedies, although he’s continued to show his penchant for stunning visuals on the incredibly underrated and misunderstood HBO comedy Eastbound & Down. Last year in complete secrecy he got Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch together to remake the Icelandic film Either Way, and the result was Prince Avalanche, a combination of the two distinctly different periods of David Gordon Green’s career. And boy, does it work.

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Admission (2013): A Quick Review

***This review may contain spoilers***

Admission (2013) follows the story of Portia Nathan (Tina Fey), a Princeton admissions officer, who ultimately risks her job to help a young man, possibly the son she gave up for adoption years ago, get into the university she works for.Admission_movie_poster

What I liked about this movie:

The behind the scenes look at the admissions process of Princeton (and how many other schools like it?) and the questions it asks: What really gets you into a college/university? Your parents’ legacy? How many extra curricular activities you were involved in? Your character?

From the man stealing “Woolf woman,” to Portia’s workplace competition, Corinne, all the women in this film showed an amount of power over their lives which was really refreshing to see.

Paul Rudd is adorable as only he can be (think How Do You Know) and plays a very involved and loving single dad. I always appreciate it when writers write strong men in next to strong women. Somehow it always seems to be one or the other.

Best performance goes to Lilly Tomlin (hands down!) as the fiercely independent, albeit neglectful mother, whose maternal instinct eventually kicks in. The shot gun scene was fun.

What I didn’t like about this movie:

It didn’t really feel like a comedy, though it was marketed as such, and I went in with expectations that it didn’t meet. It was funny at times, Fey brings some humor to the role, but it was based more in drama and asking the poignant question of what it means to be a good parent: single, working, adoptive, biological, etc.admission2

Recommendation: Yay or Nay?

Yay. Even though it’s not a great movie, nor is it now a favorite of mine, it’s still a movie that I enjoyed watching. It’s also important to support films like this, so studios get the $message$ that if they put movies out there with strong female characters (especially protagonists), they can still make some money.

-Fallon

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